Kano Senators write IGP, finger APC factional chairman, commissioner, others – Attack on campaign office

Senators Jibrin Barau representing Kano North Senatorial District and Ibrahim Shekarau representing Kano Central Senatorial District have alleged that the attack on campaign office of the 2023 governorship hopeful, Jibrin Barau by thugs on Wednesday night was politically motivated.

They alleged that the factional Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano, Ganduje’s Commissioner for Local Government and three Chairmen of LGAs were behind the attack.

In a 3-page petition dated 2nd November, addressed to the Inspector General of Police, Baba Usman Alkali, which was made available to DAILY POST in Abuja on Friday, the petitioners drew the attention of Police to the incident and demanded investigation of those that were allegedly responsible.

The petition, which was signed by Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, who was also a former governor of Kano, Jibrin Barau and four members of the House of Representatives which include, Nasiru Abdua, Tijjani Abdulkadir Jobe, Shaaban Sharada and Haruna Isa Dederi, pointed out the attack was triggered by the November 30 judgement of the FCT High Court which sacked the executives of the faction of the APC belonging to Kano State government.

It was recalled the Federal Capital Territory High Court had on the Tuesday in Abuja sacked Kano State controlled APC party executives and recognized those of Senator Ibrahim Shekarau-led executives that emerged few weeks ago through the State and LG congresses.

The aftermath of the Court judgement, petitioners averred, polarized the party in Kano.

Those fingered in the petition are, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas, Chairman of the APC faction loyal to the State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje; Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Murtala Sule Garo; Faizu Alfindiki , Chairman Kano Municipal LGA; Khalid Ishaq Diso, Chairman Gwale LGA; Hassan Garban Kauye, Chairman Kumbotso LGA; Auwal Lawan Shuaibu, Chairman Nassarawa LGA and one Gwarmai.

Part of the petition reads, “You will recall that on November 30, an FCT High Court had delivered judgement in a suit concerning the Kano APC congresses and the said judgement did not go down with those who lost in the case.

“Regrettably, however, instead of fighting their cause through due legal process, these frustrated elements resorted to carrying out the criminal acts mentioned above.

“We have been reliably informed, which information we verily believe to be true and correct that through the night of December 1 to the early morning of December 2, 2021, Abdullahi Abbas, former chairman of APC and five others together with some other well armed thugs organized and set ablaze the campaign office of Senator Barau and attempted to kill those they met at the scene.

“They also tried to burn our party office located along Zaria Road and kill or inflict bodily harm to its occupants. They also passed by our respective residences with armed thugs chanting war songs in attempt to unleash violence on law abiding citizens,” the petition reads.”

While urging the Inspector General of Police to probe the matter, the lawmakers said, “should anything happen to us and our supporters, the aforementioned people should be held responsible.”


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